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3 Jun 2009: CHENNAI: Less than a week after the Tamil Nadu government claimed to have put in place a system to curb collection of capitation fees by private

medical colleges , a TOI investigation has caught on camera officials of two leading medical colleges demanding Rs 20 lakh to Rs 40 lakh for an MBBS seat.

The investigation exposes how Chennai-based colleges violate an SC order and state legislation banning capitation fee. Officials of Sri Ramachandra University (SRU) and Shree Balaji Medical College and Hospital were caught on camera demanding donations from a student who cleared his Class XII exams this year.

While Shree Balaji College asked for Rs 20 lakh, SRU demanded Rs 40 lakh for an MBBS seat. The colleges have 150 seats each. DMK MP and Union minister of state for information and broadcasting S Jagathrakshakan is the chairman of Shree Balaji Medical College and Hospital while SRU is run by a trust led by industrialist V R Venkataachalam.

When informed of TOI's investigation , state authorities promised to conduct an inquiry.

The Balaji college administrative officer, Johnson, is on camera directing the student to meet '' an agent' ' at the Shree Lakshmi Ammal Educational Trust at 29, Tilak Street, T Nagar, where "negotiations " for the capitation fee of Rs 20 lakh could be conducted.

Asked if rates could be reduced , Johnson said: "Minister (Jagathrakshakan ) tells us to charge not less than 20 lakh. Recommendations are all humbug. Nothing will happen. You meet Lakshmi," he said, referring to the agent.

The college, he said, would at best allow parents to pay the capitation fee in three installments before January 2010, but he insisted that the amount would have to be paid "only in cash" at T Nagar , in the heart of the city, where the Trust has an office in a twostorey building.

Lakshmi, who is in charge of the Trust, says she could give no guarantee that a seat would be available for Rs 14 lakh (the amount we quoted). "You book your seat with an advance of Rs 2 lakh. We will see if we can offer you the rate that you ask for. But if you don't book, the price would go up," she said.

Some other medical colleges charge more than double this amount. TOI has on camera Sri Ramachandra University deputy registrar (admissions) Dr A Subramaniyan telling the student that the capitation fee is Rs 40 lakh. He quickly clarified that this does not include the fees of Rs 3.25 lakh per annum. "There are chances that the fees get increased , then you may have to shell out more money every year. If you are ready with Rs 40 lakh we can start admission," he said.
Anil, Taiwan, says: Not only TamilNadu.... almost all the private institutions in all the states within india are run by Ministers or EX-Ministers are selling the educations..... There is no merrit cadre...all are money minded and since the govt is in the hands of corrupt ministers then how can we except them to change the laws... No one is fit for nothing to be as ministers... All are very clear to suck to blood of the indian people....Even in Anna university if you see almost 30% are not from merrit they get the seats by paying money to the ministers or the Anna universtiy chancellor or VC... because they say that its their quota.... bloody reservations.... In India...even if u dont have a knowledge to read and write you can become a ChiefMinister or Primeminister and now even IAS ... IPS also what a shame.... on indian government...and indian people...Source:/economictimes.indiatimes.com

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